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FSA people moves (18 Nov – 24 Nov)

Indosuez makes two HK hires; Natixis IM names new Taiwan GM; Vontobel AM expands intermediary team; GAM hires from BOC; and more…
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Indosuez Wealth Management has made two senior hires for its Hong Kong branch.

It has named Michael Van Ommeren as chief operating officer for Hong Kong and Allan Dampier as the new head of anti money laundering (AML) for Hong Kong, according to the statement from the firm.

Van Ommeren, who will be reporting to Hong Kong CEO Olivier Livenais, has spent two decades in the banking and financial services industry and has garnered experience dealing with regulatory authorities in Hong Kong, Singapore and China.

Among his previous experiences was his role as chief operating and digital officer at ABN Amro in Hong Kong and Shanghai, where he was responsible for the firm’s technology operations, change management and innovation, information security and business technology, the statement said.

Dampier, meanwhile, will leads the firm’s AML efforts to safeguard the bank from financial crimes and reports to Chelsea Tong, head of compliance and central files for Hong Kong

Before Indosuez, Dampier was at HSBC Private Banking, where he was head of Hong Kong financial crime compliance and Asia regional business governance.

In Asia, Indosuez Wealth has offices in Hong Kong and Singapore and employs 350 wealth managers in the region. Globally, the firm manages €132.1bn ($156.6bn) in assets, according to the statement.


Natixis Investment Managers has named James Chen as its Taipei-based general manager for Taiwan, according to a statement from the firm.

Chen replaced Tony Huang, who joined the firm in 2017 from Neuberger Berman. According to Huang’s Linkedin profile, he left the firm in October.

Chen, who assumed his new role in July, joined the firm as a director in 2009 and has nearly 20 years of experience in Taiwan’s wealth and asset management sectors. Most recently, Chen was mainly responsible for developing the firm’s retail business in Taiwan.

Besides Chen, Natixis IM has also appointed Chloe Tai and Sophia Huang as associate directors to focus on its institutional investor business in Taiwan.

Tai, who joined the firm this month, was an investment manager at Transglobe Life Insurance, while Huang, assumed her new role in March this year, according to the statement. Before her new role, Huang was a customer service manager within the firm for at least a decade in Taiwan. She first joined Natixis in Singapore in 2004.

Natixis IM in Taiwan has registered at least 10 funds from four of its affiliates – Loomis Sayles, Natixis Asset Management, Harris Associates and DNCA – for distribution in Taiwan. CTBC Investments acts as the firm’s master agent for fund distribution in the market, according to the statement.

Headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis IM manages at least $1trn in assets globally.


Vontobel Asset Management has hired Mavis Huang as a Hong Kong-based relationship manager to support global and regional private banks with the firm’s multi-boutique offering, according to a statement from the firm.

Huang was at DWS, where she was a relationship manager working with local and private banks. Before that, she was at Income Partners Asset Management, where she was responsible for business development, focusing on the Greater China region.

Huang’s appointment comes just after the firm opened its Singapore office last month, in a move to expand its business in Asia. At the time, the firm hired Benny Gay as Singapore-based head of intermediary clients for Asia and Jeremy Tan as a relationship manager for intermediary clients. Gay replaced Suzanna Wong, who decided to leave the firm.

Vontobel AM has been present in Asia since 2009 and currently serves clients with relationship management and investment teams from its offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, the firm said.


Gam has hired Lynn Xing as a member of the firm’s emerging market equities team in Hong Kong, which is run by Tim Love out of London, according to a statement from the firm.

Xing will report to Robert Mumford, the firm’s Hong Kong-based portfolio manager managing Asia- and China-focused equity investment strategies, the statement said. The firm did not provide more details about Xing’s role or responsibilities, however.

Xing joins from Bank of China, where she was an investment manager in the firm’s private equity group, managing both private and public investments. Before BOC, she worked for four years at EY in Hong Kong.

As of the end of September, Gam’s AUM was at $131bn, according to the statement. It has established partnerships in Taiwan and Japan to offer its products to retail and institutional clients.


RBC Wealth Management’s Juan Aronna, who is the firm’s Hong Kong-based head of investment solutions and products for Asia, has taken on the expanded role of head of investments for International and Asia, effective 1 November, according to an announcement by the firm.

In his new role, Aronna is expected to relocate to London in May next year, the firm said. Reporting to Maarten Jansen, head of investments and trading, Aronna will be responsible for the leadership of RBC Wealth’s investment teams in London, Jersey, Singapore and Hong Kong.

In his Asia-focused role that he held for six years, Aronna was for the discretionary portfolio management unit, as well as all products, risk and governance, and the execution desk in the region.

FSA sought more information from the firm, but it was not able to provide more information about whether Aronna’s responsibilities in Hong Kong will be taken up by someone else.

Aronna has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Before joining RBC, he was head of investment management for Singapore at UBS, according to the statement.

RBC Wealth Management serves affluent, high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients globally. It also provides asset management products and services through RBC and third-party distributors to institutional and individual clients through its RBC Global Asset Management Business, including Bluebay Asset Management, according to the statement. RBC Wealth has almost C$1.1trn ($840bn) in assets under administration and C$834bn of assets under management.

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